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7 Dec 2006 // 9:00 PM

2pac: Pacs Life

Life -- it ain't too funky, unless it's got more Pac.

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Thelonious Monk with John Coltrane: The Complete 1957 Riverside Recordings

The classic studio meetings between Monk (teacher) and Coltrane (student), still tantalizing and uneven.

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7 Dec 2006 // 9:00 PM

Cul De Sac: ECIM

The arresting 1991 debut from these experimental Boston iconoclasts gets resurrected from out-of-print obscurity, and not a moment too soon.

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7 Dec 2006 // 9:00 PM

Jake Stigers: No Vacancy

Soulful guitar rock with a Southern-fried charm.

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Chin Up Chin Up: This Harness Cant Ride Anything

Chicago's Chin Up Chin Up turn in one of the spikiest, most energised albums of the year.

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Fresh Maggots: Fresh Maggots… Hatched

In any other year, Fresh Maggots… Hatched would easily have claimed the title of best maggot-themed album of the year. Released in 1971, it will instead

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Hamilton de Holanda Quintet: Brasilianos

Hamilton de Holanda plays a 10-string mandolin. He plays it really really well.

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6 Dec 2006 // 9:01 PM

The Tongue: Bad Education EP

New Aussie hip-hop fails to add much to a soon-to-be-bloated scene.

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6 Dec 2006 // 9:00 PM

Phish: Colorado 88

Fairy tales, rock-star mythology, corny jokes and, occasionally, a miracle.

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Babyshambles: The Blinding EP

This EP is a reminder that before things started to get silly, and the ugly, gleaming spotlight turned on him, Pete Doherty was one of our most exciting songwriters.

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Various: The Revenge of Blind Joe Death

This respectful tribute to an irreplaceable giant of Americana throws in a few surprises and entertains from start to finish.

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Colleen et Les Boites a Musique: Colleen et Les Boites a Musique

A concept EP based solely around music boxes. Sounds gimmicky? Well, maybe it is a little…

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Darko Rundek and Cargo Orkestar: Mhm A-Ha Oh Yeah Da-Da

It can be blaring, cynical, adult -- sometimes harsh, but also rueful-sweet with a controlled undercurrent of idealistic humanity.

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6 Dec 2006 // 9:00 PM

AG: Get Dirty Radio

Still enough of a giant.

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6 Dec 2006 // 9:00 PM

Lithops: Mound Magnet

It's worth the effort to explore what this album has to offer.

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6 Dec 2006 // 9:00 PM

Dead Can Dance: Wake

A superlative sampler of Dead Can Dance, a unique act whose music is as great now as the day it was released.

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5 Dec 2006 // 9:03 PM

Ronee Blakley: Welcome

She may have played a bigger country star in Nashville than she ever became in the actual music industry, but Ronee Blakley’s largely forgotten

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ActionReaction: 3 Is the Magic Number

Emocore has lost another soul to the allure of indie rock.  Jason Gleason, ex-frontman for Further Seems Forever, has joined forces with old friends,

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Pattern Is Movement: Canonic

Tiny Telephone engineer Scott Solter re-interprets the fractious avant pop of Pattern Is Movement

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The Blow: Paper Television

The Blow dumb down, reach out, and rise up with their strongest effort yet.

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